Written by Chris Pendleton
BUENA VISTA, Va.−The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced sophomore linebacker Robert Robbins as USCAA Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in last Friday's 20-14 comeback win over USCAA-rival The Apprentice School.
"Robert [Robbins] has been solid all fall," said sixth-year Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "His game Friday wasn't much different than most other games he's had this year. He's been great for us all season."
Robbins (Glendale, Ariz.) led Southern Virginia with 12 tackles—6 solo and 6 assists—against the Shipbuilders, including 1.5 tackles for loss as the Knights erased a 14-point second-half deficit with three touchdowns and key defensive stops in the final 17 minutes of play.
Apprentice is the only opponent that Southern Virginia football has faced each season since the program began in 2003 and Friday's win marked the Knights' second victory in their all-time series with the Shipbuilders.
"It was a really good feeling to beat Apprentice," said Robbins, who was a member of Southern Virginia's 2008 team before serving a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "We've struggled against Apprentice in the past and I feel like Friday's win could be a key turning point in our season and program as a whole."